For the very first time in 5 years, Ryan Ellis will certainly race in the NASCAR Cup Series. Ellis validated Friday that he will certainly drive for Rick Ware Racing in October’s race at Kansas Speedway.

The information was originally exposed on Wednesday in an episode of his as well as Matt DiBenedetto‘s Not Another Racing Podcast show. Cody Ware, a Cup driver for RWR and close friend of Ellis, was a special co-host for the episode and dropped the news shortly after his segment discussing his IndyCar Series début. In the episode, Ware explains the deal came together as his way of making up to Ellis after the Ware wrecked Ellis on the final lap of June’s Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio.

“Afterwards, you know how horrible I felt—the text messages were gold, the gifs and everything you sent me,” Ware stated. “At that factor, me as well as my daddy were chatting as well as undoubtedly, he recognizes exactly how negative I really felt. He really felt negative for you as well. We both understand exactly how tough you function as well as you’re constantly excavating to locate sponsorship to reach the race course any kind of opportunity you obtain.

“That’s why we’re super stoked to be able to bring you on for the Cup race at Kansas later on this season, to give you another chance and hopefully just let you have some fun and do what you do.”

Ellis quipped in reaction, “If you collapse me because race in your daddy’s automobile…

“I’m so excited. First off, you guys don’t need to do that. I’ve talked to you and your dad since then. It’s NASCAR. It’s not like you hit me while I was walking on the sidewalk. Like that’d be different, then I’d feel, ‘Yeah, you’d owe me a Cup race.’ But the fact that you guys are doing that is so cool and obviously, I have nothing but respect for you and your dad. I’ve known him since I got into NASCAR.”

Ellis ran 5 Cup races in between 2015 as well as 2016 for Circle Sport, BK Racing, as well as Premium Motorsports with a finest surface of thirty-second at Indianapolis in 2016; his newest begin was a thirty-eighth at Texas. Due to an absence of sponsorship, Ellis largely concentrated on the general public relationships side, functioning as a Public Relations agent for DiBenedetto as well as previous Cup group Go Fas Racing. Although GFR revealed strategies to proceed competing part-time in 2021, moneying problems maintained Ellis as well as the group far from the track.

In the meanwhile, he operates in the advertising and marketing organization permanent for CBD Manufactured Domestically. Ellis has actually additionally made begins in both the Xfinity as well as Camping World Truck Series in 2021. He ended up thirty-fourth in his only Truck race of the year at Atlanta, while his finest run in 3 Xfinity begins up until now for B.J. McLeod Motorsports is sixteenth at Darlington; his handle BJMM is for a minimum of 6 races.

Rick Ware, said by Ellis as “probably the richest man in NASCAR”, areas 4 permanent Cup automobiles with his boy as the main chauffeur in the #51.

“Rick, Cody, and Lisa are some of the best people you’ll ever meet – also some of the first people I’ve met in this sport and Cody has been like a little brother to me since we’ve met,” Ellis tweeted on Friday. “Very thankful for them doing this – as I said they owed me nothing but are just great people.”

Ellis has actually never ever competed at Kansas in the Cup Series. He ended up thirty-sixth in his only Xfinity begin there in 2016, while his 2 Truck races at the track in 2014 as well as 2016 specifically finished with twenty-eighth as well as thirtieth-place coatings.